Hundreds gather to rally against health care worker vaccine mandates

by Ruth Brown, Idaho Reports Roughly 300 people gathered outside the Idaho capital on Thursday, protesting the mandatory vaccinations that some health care providers have implemented for employees. Saint Alphonsus Health System, St. Luke’s Health System, and Primary Health Group have announced that they will mandate employees receive the COVID-19 vaccination by Sept. 1 asContinue reading “Hundreds gather to rally against health care worker vaccine mandates”

Idaho National Guard wraps up coronavirus pandemic support missions

By Ruth Brown, Idaho Reports While the Idaho National Guard was recently activated to assist with emergency wildfires in the state, the Guard has spent the past eight months helping health care providers in the pandemic. The Idaho Office of Emergency Management reported that most of the Guard’s missions were “personnel support” where Guard membersContinue reading “Idaho National Guard wraps up coronavirus pandemic support missions”

COVID-positive behavioral health patients present new challenges for hospitals

By Melissa Davlin, Idaho Reports As hospitals strain under the influx of COVID-19, they face new challenges in treating behavioral health patients, resulting in those patients being placed in facilities increasingly farther away. During a Thursday morning Eastern Idaho Public Health District Board of Health meeting, Chief Operations Officer David Hoffenberg of Eastern Idaho RegionalContinue reading “COVID-positive behavioral health patients present new challenges for hospitals”

As hospitals struggle, Gov. Little mobilizes Idaho National Guard

by Logan Finney, Idaho Reports Governor Brad Little announced Friday that he is rolling the state back to a modified version of Stage 2 and mobilizing 100 members of the Idaho National Guard to support the state’s struggling healthcare capacity. “We are in the middle of an unprecedented and dangerous time in our state’s history,”Continue reading “As hospitals struggle, Gov. Little mobilizes Idaho National Guard”

Kern: “Appalling” that rationing care is possibility

By Melissa Davlin, Idaho Reports During Monday’s press conference at which Gov. Brad Little announced Idaho will roll back to Stage 3, Dr. Joshua Kern of St. Luke’s Magic Valley mentioned the possibility of rationing care if already overburdened hospitals continue to see an influx of patients. Is Idaho there yet? No. But it’s notContinue reading “Kern: “Appalling” that rationing care is possibility”